'Darksiders,' 'MX vs. ATV,' 'Red Faction,' and 'Titan Quest' all on-deck.
Although Nordic Games acquired THQ's back catalog in April, the company only just received the code source and art assets a few weeks ago. As a result, Nordic Games plans for starting up production have not yet finalized.
From Reinhard Pollice of Nordic Games, "We want to carefully select which franchises are up for getting a sequel or new installment. We closely monitor the communities on that." Of the many properties from acqired from THQ, 'Darksiders,' 'MX vs. ATV,' 'Red Faction' and 'Titan Quest' are the most likely to enter production. Pollice also expressed hopes for a 'Deadly Creatures' sequel.
A project on the scope of 'Darksiders' will require Nordic to find the right studio. "Darksiders is really big. We know we need a partner for that. An established development team that can pull out such a big action adventure. We obviously talked to former team members and, if they are free, we want to somehow involve them. If they are allowed to because, you know, some of them found other jobs or are with Crytek now."
In comparison, 'MX vs. ATV' could be tackled by Nordic internally. The future for 'Red Faction' is less clear, but it seems clear that a reboot of the franchise is a must.
"I mean, we just got two weeks ago the actual source codes and art assets. Before I went to E3, I was starting and getting to kick off internally what's there. It will be a process over the next couple of months and then to discuss internally what route we want to go. We want to give fans they know from the past and they liked, but bring it somehow to the next level. What you as a player would expect from a sequel. We know we have to move one step ahead."
For 'Darksiders,' Pollice expressed a commitment towards making the most out of the next installment, "I would not look for a Darksiders 3 before two years from now."
As for Nordic Games, the are now thrust into the limelight and have to acknowledge the questions that gamers have about the company.
"Who the f*ck is Nordic? We are a group of 15 people in Austria, but in the whole group we have a quality assurance group in Europe. Also, a lot of people who bring the games to the market. What really makes up Nordic, what's good about Nordic, is that we are all players ourselves and are passionate about the projects we are doing.
"We'd also love to make contact with former developers on these games. So, everyone who worked on one of these games get in touch with us. Obviously those guys have great experience in doing those games. They spent a lot of time and passion on creating that. Ideally, we'd like to team up with those former developers."
Nordic expects to make official announcements come August during Gamescom.
Author: Brian Hoss